The World Health Organization (WHO) said on March 13 that Europe is now a new epidemic of Coronavirus worldwide, and warns the determination of an epidemic peak is impossible.
“Europe is now the center of the pandemic,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at an online press conference on March 13.
He emphasized that Europe has more cases and deaths from the new strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) than all other places combined, except for mainland China. He also warned that the number of new cases detected every day globally is higher than the peak of the corona virus disease (Covid-19) in mainland China, according to AFP.
As of March 13, the total number of deaths worldwide has surpassed 5,000, with most of them recorded in China. Mr. Tedros said this was a “tragic milestone” of the world. The number of global virus-positive patients has also exceeded 134,000.
Meanwhile, Maria Van Kerkhove, leader of the WHO’s emerging disease unit, said the world could not predict the direction of the pandemic’s development.
“It is impossible to say when the global pandemic peaks. We hope it will end soon, not last,” she said.
Mr Tedros stressed that strong measures such as school closures and tightening of border controls could halt the spread of disease, but countries still need a “holistic approach”.
“Not just testing. Not just tracing contact. Not just isolation. Not just social exclusion. Need to do all these measures,” he stressed countries needing more efforts to “detect. , protect and treat “.
“You can’t fight a virus without knowing where it is,” he called on countries to step up “searching, quarantining, testing and treating every case, thereby breaking the chain of transmission.”
The WHO Director-General also warned countries that think “the epidemic will not happen to us” that they are making a fatal mistake.